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INNOVATION PRIZE FOR AFRICA (IPA) 2016 Winner

The African Innovation Foundation (AIP) in partnership with the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) and Ministry of Infrastructure Science and Technology held the Innovation Prize for Africa awards at Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC) Thursday night.

IPA is a landmark programme AIP programme which seeks to strengthen African innovation ecosystems and spur growth of market driven African solutions to African challenges. IPA attracted 6000 entrants from 50 African countries and the Thursday awards were the 5th edition of IPA awards.

"Innovation is a key enabler for development in any country globally. We sincerely hope that our IPA initiative can be a contribution to this important mobilizing effort on the continent," highlighted Walter Fust, IAF Chairman of the Board.

Speaking at the awards the President of Botswana Lt.Gen.Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama said it is a great gesture for Botswana to host the awards as this shows that Botswana is being recognized internationally.

"I thank the Africa Innovation Foundation for its gesture to bring such creativity to be rewarded in our country and our expectation is that it shall set precedence for future nominees from Botswana," said President Khama in official opening remarks.

Botswana placed a bid to host the IPA in October 2015 and they were given a go ahead to host through the Botswana Innovation Hub(BIH). The Minister of Infrastructure Science and Technology Nonofo Molefhi shared his excitement on Botswana being granted a chance to host event because it could spur economic growth.

Botswana did not have an representative in the top 10 nominees which were selected from 985 applicants representing 46 African countries.

From the 10 nominees the best three shared a prize of 150 000 USD. The grand Prize award of USD 100,000.00 was scooped by Dr Valetin Agon (Benin) who developed Api-Palu an anti malaria drug treatment made from natural plant extract.

The Second Prize award was taken by Dr. Imogen Wright (South Africa) who innovated Exatype-a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV positive patients'responsiveness to ARV drug treatment, she took home USD 25 000. Dr. Eddy Agbo (Nigeria) secured the Special Prize for Social Award and he also took home USD 25 000.

Dr Agbo designed Urine Malaria Test which is a rapid non-blood diagonistic medical device that can diagnose malaria in less than 25 minutes.

 

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